tmarie's past comments

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    tmarie

    The unemployment rate in Japan includes all people who are 1) unemployed, 2) looking for a job, 3) and ready to work if a job became available Link please to indicate that is the case. The links given does nothing to explain who is asked and who is included - which is my point. This one states "looking for a job". Guess what, if a woman has a kid and knows there is no chance to get daycare because of the waitlist, do you think she is going to actively looking and included in the stats? No job, no daycare, no daycare, no job. They won't be looking so won't be included even though they want to work.

    **"Another characteristic of single mothers in Japan is that their work participation rate is the highest in the world, far exceeding the majority of other major industrialized countries "

    From your link you provided, tmarie.**

    And how many are FT jobs? How many are making a living wage?The majority of those women are PT workers making less than 1.3 million a year? How many are contract workers in three month contract? How many get benefits? How many are underemployed? So one works four hours at a grocery store and they get counted in the "employed" section even though it is not enough to survive off of and they can easily be let go when not needed.

    A link that disagrees with the comment you picked from the article - which I admit is there but pretty sure the majority of women are in crap PT jobs, not FT jobs - hence my comment at the beginning about underemployed. http://www.oecd.org/japan/39696303.pdf

    A few links for your to read...

    http://paa2013.princeton.edu/papers/130917

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2012/12/19/national/pay-gap-worst-for-japans-mothers/#.U9dsh_8cR2E

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2012/04/19/national/poverty-a-growing-problem-for-women/#.U9dtWP8cR2E

    You don't have a country with a poverty rate of 16% with a 3.7% jobless rate without there being issues in how the stats are taken. How many other posters need to comment on this before you understand that how the stats are taken makes them invalid and covers a huge problem that many face here - be it not emplyed or underemployed. There is a reason why the numbers of those getting welfare have increased.

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    tmarie

    A little old but worth the read. http://japanfocus.org/-Fujiwara-Chisa/2623

    **SAHW are included in the labor surveys. They unemployment rate would be exactly the same as it is now.

    The underemployment rate is another story.**

    Do you have a link where it says they are because I have read they aren't. Nor are the ones who are stuck at home because of lack of daycare. Only those which are getting help from the government are counted from my understandng.

    And yes, underemployment - which is what many of these women fall under who do actually HAVE work - say, four hours a week or so. Not counted.

    Posted in: Japan's jobless rate rises to 3.7%

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    tmarie

    Why the thumbs down to the posters who are aware of smart parenting? Why on earth was the mother not holding that child's hand or carrying them? Why was the child allowed to be near the bus in a place that they could get run over? That poor driver. He'll be charged doe something that is not his fault.

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    tmarie

    They are only " irrelevant" because you don't want to count them - much the government of this country.

    nobody asked you Um, YOU asked me. Remember? You asked by I was "obsessed with SAHW" and I'm giving you the answer to your question. This is very much a "feminist" issue - but more so a child issue. 16% of kids in this country live in poverty and you suggest "Those factors are irrelevant for it's merely the households desire to supplement the income". Seems to me that some of those housegholds aren't "merely" looking to supplement income. Or do you not care about those 16% who live hand to mouth?

    No one's ignoring? Really? So you have 50% of single parents (mothers) in poverty, 30% of those unmarried from 20-65 in poverty and 16% child poverty rate and you suggest no one is ignoring these issues when they state a 3.7% unemployment rate? Are you for real? The numbers do not add up. Clearly.

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    tmarie

    Oh so all those waiting lists for daycare are a figment of my imagination are they? All the government comments about supporting mothers to get back to work by building more daycares? Silly me! Oh those women living in poverty are not well known are they? I guess perhaps if you keep the blinders on and ignore the articles, you might think they are not well known when in fact, it is much discussed and people are very worried.

    The standards are high? How about you take a look at how single mothers live in this country and get back to me about how "high" the standards are. Women here are treated like crap and stats like this cover up the problems with it all.

    And I wouldn't argue with you that other countries would also be higher but I'm not living in another country and this article isn't about other countries. It's about Japan and to suggest 3.7% unemployment is a slap in the face to many women who NEED work but can't get it because the government isn't supporting them - nor counting them in such figures.

    First you have a go at me for being "obsessed" with them and now YOU want to ignore them. At least I am trying to support them and make their voices heard by questioning such laughable stats.

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    tmarie

    Nigel, it is well known that many a) can't get work because of lack of daycare and b) can't find FT work even if they want it. I am in their corner on this one. Let's be honest, they make up a HUGE number of the "workable" public so not counting them because they aren't getting some sort of aid from the government screws up the numbers. Add those women in and watch the numbers rise to a rate that Japan does not want to admit to.

    The numbers do not add up when you look at the poverty figures I have given you. 3.7% leads you to believe that only 3.7% of the population NEEDS more work and money and clearly, that is not the case. Suggesting the rate is as low as 3.7% is a joke. A joke at those living in poverty, those working poor and those underemployed.

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    tmarie

    Think the 27 hour program the other day went to theirs and their management's heads that they were still relevant musically.As well,didn't they see how buggered they looked doing that 45 minute set?

    My husband and I caught a glimpse of that. I had no idea how bad they were. My husband sat there muttering while I sat there laughing. The old guy (the leader/) kept stopping and looked like he was going to pass out. For god's sake, autotune please! Horrific. Reminds me of AKB and all the other girl bands that switch up singers that have zero talent. I can't for the life of me understand Exile but at least they have a few guys that can carry a tune. SMAP? Like a cat in heat.

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    tmarie

    Hahaha!! Yeah, right. I do wonder what the real rate would be if they included all the SAHW who want jobs but can't get hired. Wonder what the underemployed rate would be. With a 16% child poverty rate, a 50% poverty rate for single parents (mothers, let's be honest) and a 33% poverty rate for single women between the ages of 20-65, these numbers are not adding up.

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    tmarie

    which means, "Japan, Don't act like a sovereign nation. Just do as USA says

    It must be hard to have so much pride in a country that really is nothing but a mere lap dog of the US and usually does is as told. Sit Choco, sit! Good dog!

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    tmarie

    Suddenly a lot of psychologist, sociologists and criminologist around here....

    Well I'm guessing some of us did study in those fields...

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    tmarie

    but in Japan she'll be locked away for life with little or no real treatment or hope of rehabilitation.

    Or she'll get out with a new name and identity supported by tax payers money - like the Kobe monster. The only "good" thing that came out of that was that they changed the laws from 16 to 14 with regards to treating "kids" as "adults" - and I believe they can now hang "kids".

    The little terror who stabbed and killed her classmated in Sasebo ten years ago is out if I'm not mistaken. They lawyers will play the old "broken" family card but in this case, it is clear she was messed up long before her mom died and dad got remarried. Do I feel sorry for this kid? Yes but that doesn't mean I want her released because frankly, how does one ever go back from beheading someone?

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    tmarie

    Kaimcahl, indeed I am making assumptions - based on what I have seen and what I have read about this child. Sorry but just because mom is dead doesn't mean she didn't help feed this girl's problems and shouldn't be "held" responsible for her role in parenting. She should be held responsible, probably more so than the father, when you think about the family dynamics in this country and who raises the kids. Dying doesn't make one a saint and doesn't make someone a perfect parent.

    I agree the focus is on the suspect but you can't not blame the parents for a child who has a history of issues - poisoning school lunches and butchering animals? Sorry but no, parents have to be held responsible for that.

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    tmarie

    weren't they saying she was 15 or did she just have a birthday? Her birthday was on Monday.

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    tmarie

    What kind of logic allows child killers to get away with less of a punishment from the ones commiting victimeless crimes.

    Because kids here are seen as property of the parents and have very little rights. Many police will not intervene and child services often won't remove the child from an abusive home if the parents plea that they will stop. There have been articles on here about "orphanages" and the like and what these parents get away with. It's criminal but until child welfare laws here change, parents can kill their kids and the judge will think they have "suffered enough" and get a suspended sentence.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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    tmarie

    Anyone who works in the system here knows the "game". Very few universities here will actually support teachers who fail students outside of the 1/3 missing class rule - and seriously, when MEXT has a rule about how many classes students "may" miss before teachers are not questioned about failing students, you know there is an issue. Bums on seats, money in the bank. I once worked for a university that made teachers submit TWO exams - the first one and the make-up one that students got to take if they didn't get a high enough mark to pass the term the first time or missed the first exam. Teachers moan about the students there but need the work and don't want to deal with the pressure from the university if they try and fail students so show up for class, pass.

    Japan is playing a very dangerous game for a country that needs skilled workers. Passing anyone and everyone through the system means crappy hires who can do very little. Very short sighted but nothing new in the land of "academia" in Japan. I won't even start in about academic morals, copying and pasting and handing in crap.

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    tmarie

    Three years????? For abusing, killing and then tossing away a child like she was garbage? Japan is NOT safe for kids and this is a joke. Life for both of them. People get more for using drugs in this country.

    Posted in: Prosecutors seek 3-year jail term for woman over fatal abuse of her daughter

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    tmarie

    Oh I am shocked!! TEPCO made a promise on something, took millions in tax dollars and it isn't working??? They were told it wouldn't work and it isn't?? Wow! That's a first!

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    tmarie

    Were you not a student yourself to be qualified for your current job? I've not attended university, except as a working adult attending night school, but it seems I have more empathy than you do.

    I didn't live in a dorm because they are well known to be party zones. Same as Japan. If anyone is serious about studying, they live off campus, outside of campus housing or in a special adult/grad student dorm. How many of these non-drinkers complained and went to officials? The university is offering them help - more than what most would do. Sorry but no, I don't feel sorry for them - more so after reading about what a junk heap the place is.

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    tmarie

    When she was in the 6th grade, on one occasion she apparently poisoned the school lunches with a chlorine-based detergent because she had been ridiculed by her teacher (fortunately no students were injured). When in jhs she got in trouble for dissecting (dismembering?) a small animal.

    And what was done about this? Did the school call the cops? Why wasn't she flagged as having serious issues?

    I'm not going to defend the dad on this but it sounds like mom was a "kyoiku mama" who seriously pressured the hell out of her kid to do well. Mom and dad were probably like so many of those marriages are - a contract. Dad works and plays the ATM, has affairs and has nothing to do with the kid. Mom focuses all her attention on the child and has far too high of expectations. The results is a messed up kid with serious issues that gets ignored by both parents - dad because he's unaware as he just supports the family with cash, mom who refuses to deal with the fact that she's helped create a stressed out kid who has mental issues and who will never live up to her expectations. I'm sure anyone here who taught kids at any sort of elite school here as seen similar families. Mom died, dads does what he's been doing for the past 15 years - throw money at the problem and marries his mistress he's probably been with for years. It's not all that uncommon for many divorced or widows men to marry right away.

    Also heard there was a younger brother who died but have no idea how. This kid was failed by BOTH her parents and the system and now two families are dealing with the mess of it all - not to mention the community.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    tmarie

    Abe thought he could be the one developed country that could get along with Russia while most of us sat here and laughed at him while he burned bridges. About time he learned.

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